When it comes to improving land and water management practices, The North Otago Sustainable Land management Group (NOSLaM) is leading the way.
The Otago Regional Council (ORC) has adopted a Regional Water Plan that identifies good water quality standards that both urban and rural communities need to work toward together if these standards are to be met by the 2025 deadline.
As a farmer-led organisation, Noslam is the conduit to interpreting what farmers need to address the issues they face and put them in touch with the appropriate resources to help them.
With the nature of the Otago Regional Councils plan being ‘effect based’, their approach is to encourage farmers to take individual responsibility to meet the plan requirements through the development of both robust and innovative environmental practices on their farms which will meet a number of milestones by 2020.
Perception is reality and it has become increasingly apparent that the regions farmers have an escalating concern around legal obligations and the risk of prosecution for carrying out what they believe is their very best attempt at looking after their land and water for future generations along with confusion over what is expected for compliance and a fear of engaging with local and regional authorities to even ask for advice, due to the perceived risk of prosecution.
NOSLaM’s objective is to create collaborative community based catchment’s which, while harnessing common goals for land, water and social resources, provide practical resources and support to meet the individual challenges farmers are facing head on.
Pods have already been established in the Waiareka and Awamoko catchments.
Supported by Beef + Lamb and DairyNZ, NOSLaM is holding a meeting at the Five Forks Hall on Thursday 7th September, with a view to establish two further Pods encompassing the Upper and Lower Kakanui catchments.
The focus of the meeting is to provide a” State of the Nation” on the Kakanui Catchment and to demystify some farmer concerns by enlightening them about the things to be aware of going forward and what not to be concerned about.
Randall Aspinall from Mt Aspiring Station will also speak about the challenges of being a High Country Farmer in Wanaka’s highly debated catchment area and share the lessons they have learnt along the way.
For further information email noslamoffice@gmail.com.

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